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Resource roundup: Back to school

By Joni Wackwitz | August 6, 2018

Gear up for a new school year with these curated resources from across the REL Program and the What Works Clearinghouse.


Documentary casts light on novice teacher experience

Emily Kirkwood | May 18, 2018

A 2017 documentary from REL Midwest and Detroit Public Television explores research and real stories from Michigan on the novice teacher experience.


Examining teacher shortages and surpluses to improve equitable access to effective educators

Joni Wackwitz | May 18, 2018

REL Midwest is conducting a study to describe trends in teacher shortages and surpluses in public schools in Michigan. The findings will inform state efforts to address teacher shortages.


Resource roundup: Preparing new teachers

Marguerite Huber | May 18, 2018

REL Midwest curated a list of teacher preparation resources, including research reports, blogs, webinars, and toolkits.


Exploring the potential of teacher residencies

Natalya Gnedko-Berry | April 12, 2018

The Michigan Department of Education partnered with REL Midwest to conduct two trainings that introduced local stakeholders to teacher residency models and the program characteristics associated with positive outcomes.


Challenges and opportunities in building a teacher-residency program

Anne Tapp | April 12, 2018

Read how a university created and implemented its teacher residency program to respond to teacher shortage problems, with support along the way from REL Midwest.


Ask A REL resource roundup

Marguerite Huber | March 22, 2018

Look no further than the Ask A REL reference desk for your education research questions. Check out this compilation of our most recent Ask A REL responses across a variety of topics.


Alliance member snapshot: Leah Breen of the Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation

February 20, 2018

This video provides an overview of the Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation and its important work in Michigan, as described by alliance member Leah Breen.


Education Week spotlights researcher and practitioner perspectives on online teacher survey

Emily Kirkwood | December 15, 2017

Check us out in Education Week! A former alliance lead and two members wrote about our study on online teachers’ experiences to illustrate a research-practice partnership in action.


Top 7 facts about REL Midwest in 2017

Meredith Lukow | November 20, 2017

For a by-the-numbers overview of the year, check out these top facts you should know about Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest’s work in 2017.


Michigan Department of Education seeks to create a plan to expand clinically oriented teacher preparation programs in the state with REL Midwest training

Sarah Rand | October 18, 2017

Clinically oriented teacher preparation programs, often referred to as teacher residencies, provide teacher candidates with opportunities to develop instructional skills by working in the classroom under the direction of an experienced teacher.


Culturally responsive instruction: Best practices and supports

Cora Goldston | September 19, 2017

This is the second article in a three-part blog series. In this series, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest takes an...


Meet the Alliance Member: Leah Breen

Cora Goldston | May 24, 2017

Leah Breen is a member of MAITP and serves as the director of the Office of Professional Preparation Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Breen is no stranger to REL Midwest–she was a member of the...


Partners use interactive workshops to establish research agenda

Sarah Rand | May 24, 2017

At REL Midwest, our researchers work with practitioners—state education agency staff, teachers, principals, and school administrators—to figure what is important...

New projects investigate teacher pipeline and residency programs

Emily Loney | May 24, 2017

REL Midwest will lead two projects in 2017 that support the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)'s focus on ensuring equitable access to effective teachers...


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